CONVERSION / NACH AFGHANISTAN (costa compagnie)
The costa compagnie conducted research in the Hindu Kush for three weeks at the end of ISAF’s mission and spoke with Afghans, as well as with German and American soldiers about their experiences within the region’s complex situation. CONVERSION translates the multiple voices and contradictions of the material into a powerful performance that blends contemporary dance, research-based theater, soundscapes and multimedia installation to create a new form of the messenger’s report, while pursuing questions such as: How did the ISAF-mission affect the situation in Afghanistan? And by which interdisciplinary means can we approach war?
Invited to the IMPULSE-Festival 2016.
Artistic Direction, Performance, Text: Felix Meyer-Christian
Choreographie, Dance: Jascha Viehstädt
Dance, Performance: Hauke Heumann, Toni Jessen, Frank Koenen, Akemi Nagao, Maria Walser
Audio: Katharina Kellermann
Video: Miguel Murrieta Vásquez
Video-Support: Jonas Plümke
Stage Design, Costume: Anika Marquardt, Lani Tran Duc
Lighting / Technique: Fabian Eichner
Dramaturgy: Stawrula Panagiotaki
Assistance: Nicole Nowak
Research in Afghanistan: Stefan Haehnel (Photo / Video), Felix Meyer-Christian, Jascha Viehstädt
Translator in Afghanistan: Ahmad Nasir Formuli
A production by costa compagnie, funded by Fonds Doppelpass by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, in cooperation with Theater and Orchestra Heidelberg. The Guest Perfomances will be supported by Vassar College / Creative Arts Across The Disciplines (NY, USA), the Ilse and Dr. Horst Rusch-Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Nationalen Performance Netz and the Goethe Institut New York.
The Berlin and Hamburg based costa compagnie was founded by Felix Meyer-Christian as an open collaboration of interdisciplinary working emerging artists. Their latest works combine documentary, performative and choreographic methods and where invited to the IMPULSE-Festival, the Koerber Studio Junge Regie and other venues and galleries in Germany, Israel, Austria and the United States. The focus of several works has been global transformational processes and the human within. COSTA CIE. thus conducts interviews and collects audio- and video-footage on-site, such as in Afghanistan, the USA, Israel, Russia, Fukushima/Japan and the Lebanon. All members also work in other contexts and sometimes a production includes 2 or 3 and sometimes up to 15 artists.
Ballhaus Ost is a production space for independent theatre, performance and dance.
Located in the former celebration and assembly hall of a Berlin Free Church Community, built in 1907, Ballhaus Ost cooperates with groups and artists from all fields of the performing arts, including well established groups and artists as well as newcomers and so far not well known participants of the independent theater scene.
As an experimental stage for various forms of contemporary theatre, Ballhaus Ost invites to experience and discover new ways of artistic debates with today's reality of life.
Before the venue was reestablished as theatre, in the GDR, the ballroom was used as „Casino des Handwerks“, after the breakdown oft he wall it was a pool hall and a night club.
Ballhaus Ost was established by the directors Uwe-Moritz Eichler, Philipp Reuter and the actress Anne Tismer in 2006. Since 2011 Daniel Schrader and Tina Pfurr have been the artistic directors.